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an oversimplification of the power that comes from understanding something. once you can identify not only the thing, but the causes, the ramifications, the parallels, you can predict ahead of time what its impact will be. you can even make it serve you, if it's something you can gain from.

in the history of human mythology, there are many stories of deities and saints who create things by speaking their names. philosophers and scientists make us understand things we were subliminally aware of by spelling them out.

it's a sort of wizardry, to know a thing so well that you own it.